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Poster: He Live's Date: Jun 3, 2008 11:11pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: What is so special about Veneta Dark Star?

well obviously this is one of the all time playins as well... and right in the sweetspot at 18 minutes -- this is right when this song was really blossoming.... they pulled off a 19 minute version at the strand in may of Europe 72.... that is when the tune really started taking off from the stiffer, stifled under 10 minute version. so it is not surprising to see it on the front burner at this show..... and cooked up with good seasoning at that!

the dead were simply, historically ON this night -- THAT is why the versions are great... Bird Song, a nearly formelss tune is built for interpretation. the song received a meditative attention unique to their songbook from the first time it was played... a loosey-goosey proposition from the get....